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Thailand Packing List – For Her

Months after I returned from Thailand, I am finally getting around to writing my packing list for Thailand. I felt like I had researched a great deal before my trip but I managed to still not be overly thrilled with my choices once I was there. Here are my thoughts about what I did right and what I did wrong.

Some info that might be helpful – Z. and I believe in packing light and only carrying backpacks.

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Two people for ten days… this is more than what you need

We are also temple/religious institution/ museum devotees, so modesty was really key (and actually required) for the way we were traveling. My knees and shoulders had to be covered for most of what we did.

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King’s summer palace

What I did Right:

If I could do it all over again, a variation on this would be what I wore every day:

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Sweat proof yoga pants and a wicking tshirt would have been my go to. It was comfortable, as cool as I could be while still having my knees and shoulders covered.

Thailand packing list for her

Moisture wicking, breathable fabric was worth every single penny I paid for them pre-trip. It made such a world of difference in terms of comfort.

I also loved this dress:

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Knee length dress

Again, it was knee length and covered my shoulders, which was needed for the places we were traveling.

A ridiculously comfortable pair of sandals. These aren’t necessarily “my style” but they were so comfy and easy to take off and on.

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Two swimsuits. I HATE getting in to a damp swimsuit and it took forever in the humidity for them to dry. Two meant I had a dry one each time I went swimming, which was like every day.

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swimsuit

A good pair of sunglasses and a clutch and/or crossbody bag to carry some stuff. It’s too hot to carry everything, but you will want to carry sunscreen, bug spray, cash, and your camera.

What I did wrong:

I brought three maxi dresses. Wrong, wrong, wrong. My intention was comfort and modesty. I would have packed a black one for our nice dinners out and a few more accessories to vary it, but overall the maxi dresses were still too hot for being outside and they dragged in the dirt at the outdoor temples.

I packed three pairs of shorts and tanks. We didn’t go to the beach and spent very little time exploring that wasn’t in a temples or palace. I would have still brought one pair, but that’s it for our nights our in Bangkok or our cooking class. I would have replaced the rest with capri workout pants.

Makeup. I brought it and wore it once. It is just too hot for all that.

More underwear. I had enough, but just barely. I sweat so much that all I wanted was a shower and clean undergarments when we got back to the hotel. Pack extra and thank me later.

I hope this helped you with deciding what to bring on your Southeast Asian trip. Go have fun!

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